RM: Seven 7 years ago I began with a short story about the death of my second
guide dog, Henry. "The Visit" tells the story why I started to write - to remember the
animals that saved me. My transition from prose to poetry happened when I joined Taproot Workshop in Port Washington, under the guidance of Maxwell Wheat, Jr, the first poet laureate of Nassau County.
LG: Do you consider yourself a poet first?
RM: First I am a human being, then an artist. I try to understand the world now by writing poetry which has taken the place of my painting. Now I paint with words. ("In the Sun".)
LG: Tell us a little bit about the inspiration for "Someday a Sunrise?"
RM: Through writing poetry, I have discovered that I have a lot more to give and to live for. The phrase, "someday a sunrise", came to me when working on the poem "Wind's Door". Through this poem, I learned there is hope no matter tough life is.
LG: What do you consider to be the main function of a poet?
RM: I need to write what I'm feeling. I live alone with animals and am alone with my thoughts in the dark every day. I feel my function as a poet is to make sense of my life, sighted and non-sighted, that is understandable to any human experience.
LG: How do you think a poet’s job has changed for better or worse in 21st century?
RM: I really can't speak to that. I am new to the world of poetry. I feel grateful to have found it.
LG: Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
RM: I tape my thoughts, I type them on a computer. Then listen to the computer read it back. I rewrite, I relisten, I rewrite, I relisten many times until ready to have my editor read it in a human voice where feelings come through. We often polish again and again from there until we are satisfied.
LG: Can you tell us a few ways that being a poet has enriched your life?
RM: Through my poetry, I have found a whole new creative world to be a part of - met new people, shared feelings and it has allowed others to better know me.
LG: Your poetry is very inspiring and you clearly put a lot of thought and emotions into your writing. Is writing in your opinion a form of therapy?
LG: What are your writing goals for the future?
RM: To learn more and become better at this craft.
LG: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers out there?
RM: "Write it down - write it down!"